Dahlís Twits Tour Again Ahead of London ChristmasDate: 14 August 2003
The stage adaptation of Roald Dahl's children's tale The Twits will launch a new regional tour this autumn ahead of a limited festive season in London.
The production, from Coventry's Belgrade Theatre, will open on 30 September 2003 at Manchester's Palace Theatre before continuing, until 15 November 2003, to five further venues. It will then move to London's Bloomsbury Theatre for five weeks from 9 December 2003 to 13 January 2004, when it will play in tandem with another Belgrade production, Clever Polly and Stupid Wolf, specially created for under 5s.
The Twits tells the story of Mr and Mrs Twit, a really horrible couple, and their struggle with the captured monkey family, the Muggle-wumps, who are helped to escape by the amazing Roly Poly Bird.
The book, recently voted one of the 100 Best Reads by the BBC, is adapted by David Wood, who's also had success with theatrical versions of Dahl's The Witches, James and the Giant Peach and The BFG, which this past year had a Christmas season at the West End's Playhouse theatre. Belgrade's staging of The Twits combines circus and aerial skills with music and physical theatre.
One of the world's best-loved children's writers, Roald Dahl's many books include Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, Danny, the Champion of the World, The Gremlins, Tales of the Unexpected, The BFG and Matilda. The author died in 1990.
- by Terri Paddock